Jazelynn Goudy is a dancer, educator, veteran, activist, and homie from Milwaukee, WI. Shortly after graduating high school she enlisted in the United States Air Force as a Security Forces officer. From there she became a very active student on campus at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater where she graduated with a BS in Liberal Studies with a minor in Dance Fall 15’.
Currently, Jazelynn is obtaining MFA in Dance at The Ohio State University. She’s interested in Afro-Diaspora, education pedagogy, and technology integration. With this degree, she acquires to work choreographing, higher education professor, and continuing being a DEVAH!
As I am growing into my black womanhood in America, my views and experiences with this identity are the driving forces in my explorations. Also, my experiences in education, military, artistic work and international excursions I shall utilize and analyze in this process.
The idea’s and experiences of Blackness across the diaspora is a broad and deep spectrum that I have had the pleasure of experiencing personally and professionally. With the upswing of social media and hashtags centered on the beauty of Blackness in addition to artistically, creative, and technological spaces for blackness to thrive, I would like to learn, collaborate, navigate, and create with these gifted people and scholars.
With the privilege of attending graduate school, I have the opportunity to contextualize and analyze a piece of “Blackness” from my personal experience and through the medium of dance. The expression and aesthetic of “Blackness” in the Afro-Diaspora studies though dance is my specific research interest. I will achieve this is by First, through coursework and the creation of space for blackness within my academic community. Secondly, through choreography, the creation of work, and dance technique that’s centered in the Afro-Aesthetic. Finally through pedagogy and educational strategies that help others explore navigate and analyze identities, bodies, and presences of “Blackness.”